UTSA beats SE Oklahoma State

UTSA Basketball improved to 3-7 on the season following an 88-69 win over Division II Southeastern Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon in the Convocation Center.

By JJ Perez
For InsideRunnerSports.com

UTSA Guard Nick Billingsley came off the bench and poured in a career-high 29 points as the Roadrunners raced passed the SE Oklahoma St Savage Storm 88-69.

Billingsley was on fire Saturday has helped paced the ‘Runners. His six-made three pointers were a career high.

“My teammates gave me the ball and I just shot it,” said Billingsley. “I made my shots. I was just feeling good.”

All told, UTSA would make a season-high 13 three pointers.

“We keep saying someone was going to have one of those nights to get the ball to go into the whole and it would become contagious. I think that’s exactly what happened,” Head Coach Steve Henson said.

Billingsley wasn’t the only Roadrunner to play well for UTSA Saturday. Three other players would score in double figures: Jeff Beverly logged 19 points with eight rebounds; Lucas O’Brien pitched in an efficient 12 points on four-for-four shooting; and Gino Littles, who made his first start of the season, had 11 points with four assists.

“Gino was very, very good,” Henson said. “We played both point guards together to start the game to help deal with their pressure. Gino did a terrific job, he played 31 minutes and didn’t turn it over.”

The win snaps a three-game losing streak for UTSA.

“It was crucial,” Billingsley said of the win. “We needed this win. We’re all tired of losing.”

Head Coach Steve Henson hopes the win can help the ‘Runners these last weeks of 2016.

“We can use this as kind of a spring board to take the next level,” Henson said. “The next few weeks are critical for a club like us.”

Up next for the Roadrunners is a short trip down south to face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec 18 at 2pm.


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